Champagne fishing
  |  First Published: February 2010

The estuaries have provided some champagne fishing and the best is likely to come this month there and from the rocks, beaches and offshore – so enjoy1

The estuaries north of Tathra that are open to the ocean are excellent and fish are moving in and out of the systems.

Bream move in to feed on the ample tucker over the flats to fatten up for the cooler, less productive months to come.

This is a great opportunity to cash in on these lovely fish with a lot of fish to 45cm lately.

Flathead, blackfish, whiting, trevally and many more are all in the same frame of mind. Lure fishing is good but for the best results fresh bait like nippers, live prawns, worms or live mullet will produce consistent results on the better fish.

The Bega River has been a lot tougher because it’s closed to the ocean. Bait fishing is not as productive although lures have come into their own.

There have been flathead to a metre, jewfish near the bridge and bream, estuary perch and bass in the upper reaches.


Whiting have been the highlight on the beaches with the north end of Tathra Beach producing plenty of fish up to 45cm.

Bream are present on Tura and nearby beaches and there are also salmon, mullet and at night tailor, gummy sharks and some nice jewfish.

Around on the wharf there is action from frigate mackerel, bonito, salmon, and hammerhead sharks and a chance of a marlin on a live frigate sent back out under a balloon.

Most of these larger predators are available from nearby rock platforms.

Trevally, slimy mackerel and yellowtail are the smaller targets from the wharf and closer to the rocks you will find schools of garfish and some lovely luderick.

Those who like offshore light tackle fun have been well entertained.

Trolling close to shore will produce those smaller pelagics on skirted or diving lures. Once you locate a school, cast lures for good action, especially early in the day.

Out wide, there are plenty of baitfish with black, striped or blue marlin not far away.

Trolling lures may be the best way to cover the water and find the marlin as well as tuna, kingfish or mahi mahi.

Around the reefs, snapper should increase in numbers in following months. In deeper water plenty of tiger flathead are still around.

It has never been easier to acquire a nice feed of sand flatties out from most beaches.


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